Honours

Honours in Psychology for current UNSW students 

Application Instructions for 2018

In mid- to late September 2017, the School of Psychology will publish a list of potential supervisors for 2018 (and their associated research areas). Prospective applicants (current students) are not required to take any action until the 2018 Supervisors and Research Areas document is published. Students will be able to access the document from the menu on the right-hand side of this page.

If you are not from UNSW OR if you graduated from UNSW in 2016 or earlier, please refer to the separate application instructions on the School’s Future Students page. Questions about the instructions should be directed to the School at psychology@unsw.edu.au.

CURRENT 3-year degree students (e.g., 3435 BPsychSc, 3970 BSc)

  • Wait for release of ‘2018 Supervisors and Research Areas’ document
  • Review all available information relating to Honours in 2018 (see right-hand side menu, links to be updated mid- to late September)
  • Submit online “Intention to Undertake Honours” form by Friday, 27 October 2017 (https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/honours-apply, Category A)
  • Submit online application for admission to program 4518 by Wednesday, 15 November 2017 (https://applyonline.unsw.edu.au/login)
  • If you are asked to complete a section relating to an Honours project, proposal, or supervisor, please enter the text “Not required by the School of Psychology”
  • Wait for the application outcome (likely to be available in early December 2017)

3-year degree students – COMPLETED in Semester 1, 2017

  • Wait for release of ‘2018 Supervisors and Research Areas’ document
  • Review all available information relating to Honours in 2018 (see right-hand side menu, links to be updated mid- to late September)
  • Submit “Intention to Undertake Honours’ form online by Friday, 27 October 2017 (https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/honours-apply, Category A)
  • Submit online application for admission to program 4518 by Wednesday, 15 November 2017 (https://applyonline.unsw.edu.au/login
  • If you are asked to complete a section relating to an Honours project, proposal, or supervisor, please enter the text “Not required by the School of Psychology”
  • Wait for the application outcome (likely to be available in early December 2017)

CURRENT 4-year degree students (e.g., 3632 BPsych(Hons), 3962 BAdvSc(Hons))

  • Wait for release of ‘2018 Supervisors and Research Areas’ document
  • Review all available information relating to Honours in 2018 (see right-hand side menu, links to be updated mid- to late September)
  • Submit “Intention to Undertake Honours’ form online by Friday, 27 October 2017 (https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/honours-apply, Category B)
  • Wait for the application outcome (likely to be available in early December 2017)

For more information, see the Current Student Honours Frequently Asked Questions

The School of Psychology offers an accredited one-year Honours program in Psychology, taken either as a fourth year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (3632) or Advanced Science (3962) degrees, or as a stand-alone one-year degree, the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program (4518).  Students undertaking the Honours program in Psychology conduct a major independent research project under the supervision of a member of the School’s academic staff, and write a thesis based on the project.  In addition, students undertake coursework each semester.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The Honours program in Psychology is available to students enrolled in a UNSW degree program that allows for completion of an accredited psychology major.  For students enrolled in program 3632 [Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)] the psychology major is 96 UoC of psychology courses across Levels 1, 2 and 3.  For students enrolled in other degree programs that allow for an accredited psychology major, the minimum requirement for Honours is 78 UoC of psychology courses.

To be eligible for Honours in Psychology in 2018, current students must have completed all Stage 1-3 requirements of their degree program (or the Science part of a dual degree) at the end of Semester 1 or Semester 2, 2017. In exceptional cases, students may complete the final 6 UoC (non-PSYC) over Summer Term 2018.

The School of Psychology does not offer mid-year entry to the Honours program.

Entry to the Honours program for current students is obtained by achieving a Psychology Average mark of at least 75%. The Psychology Average is calculated from:

  • Marks for psychology core courses common to all psychology programs / plans (see below); and
  • The three highest of marks for all Level 3 psychology elective courses ever attempted.

The psychology core courses are as follows:

Level 1

  • PSYC1001 Psychology 1A
  • PSYC1011 Psychology 1B
  • PSYC1111 Measuring Mind and Behaviour

Level 2

  • PSYC2001 Research Methods 2
  • PSYC2061 Social and Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC2071 Perception and Cognition
  • PSYC2081 Learning and Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC2101 Assessment, Personality and Psychopathology

Level 3

  • PSYC3001 Research Methods 3
  • PSYC3011 Research and Applications of Psychology

Note that:

(i)      Only PSYC courses taken at UNSW count towards the Psychology Average. Psychology courses taken at another university (including those taken while on exchange) do not count towards the Psychology Average.

(ii)    Level 1 PSYC electives do not count towards the Psychology Average.

(iii)   The Psychology Average is based on a student’s first attempt at a course, unless there were special circumstances which justify including the mark from the second attempt. In such cases, students should set out these circumstances in a letter to the Honours Coordinator at the time of application.

(iv)  Students wishing to undertake Honours should complete PSYC3371 Multivariate Data Analysis for Psychology as a Level 3 psychology elective. It can be taken as a Stream A or Stream B elective. Completion of this course, in conjunction with PSYC3001, is important as preparation for the Honours year.

When does the Honours program begin?

The Honours program officially begins with an Honours Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. Further details of the meeting will be provided in the offer letter sent by the School to student email accounts in mid-December 2017.

Attendance at the Honours Orientation Meeting is mandatory and should be taken seriously. Students will be enrolled in the Honours program by the School following this meeting. Students who do not attend the meeting will not be enrolled. At this meeting, students are given important information about the Honours program. Students are expected to begin meeting with their supervisor at this time.

Program Description

The Honours program in Psychology involves both coursework and completion of a research thesis.  The research thesis may be undertaken in most areas of psychology including: psychopathology; behavioural neuroscience; cognitive science; cognition and perception; forensic psychology; and social, personality and developmental psychology.  Applicants can indicate their preferred research areas but cannot be guaranteed the supervisor of their choice.

The Honours coursework component includes:

  • two compulsory courses (one each semester), covering topics such as history and systems of psychology, professional ethics, and evidence-based practice; and
  • two elective seminar streams (one each semester), covering advanced topics in psychology, and offered in a variety of areas that reflect the expertise and research specialisations of School staff.

Enquiries

Current UNSW students seeking more information about entry into Honours in Psychology should contact the School Office (psychology@unsw.edu.au).

Postgraduate Study

An Honours degree is required for entry to most Australian postgraduate psychology programs.

Registration as a Psychologist and APS membership

The Honours program in Psychology at UNSW meets the requirements of an accredited Fourth Year in psychology towards provisional registration as a psychologist (http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/) and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) (http://www.psychology.org.au).

Information current at: September 2017

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